Many Chinese brands have somehow escaped the global smartphone patent wars, but Oppo and OnePlus are feeling the pain in Germany due to a Nokia patent lawsuit. Like the website Juventus patent reports, Nokia received two favorable patent rulings last week, and OnePlus and its parent company Oppo were ordered to cease and desist from infringement. For now, stopping counterfeiting means stopping sales in Germany.
This is Nokia Corporation, the cellular infrastructure company, not HMD, which licenses the “Nokia” brand for smartphones. Nokia and Oppo had a patent license agreement, but it recently expired. Just as we saw in the cable haul disputes, the two companies were in negotiations for renewal, but disagreements over price led to a failed deal. Oppo told its version of this familiar story to Juve Patent, saying: “The day after the 4G deal between Oppo and Nokia expired, Nokia immediately went to court. They had previously demanded a contract renewal fee. unreasonably high.”
Court cases are still ongoing and appeals are still possible, but Oppo has taken the proactive step of shutting down all sales in Germany. Oppo’s german website was stripped of all information on the phone and now only hosts a message stating (by translation) that “product information is not currently available on our website”. The site also mentions that Oppo products will continue to work and support channels will continue to operate. OnePlus’ site still lists information about the phone, but the store now shows an error page if you try to view phone listings.
A OnePlus spokesperson said The edge“Although sales and marketing of the affected products are suspended, OnePlus remains committed to the German market and will continue operations.”